Written by Rick Karas Friday, 21 September 2012 00:00It was a solemn day in Mineola last Tuesday, as the village held a ceremony a Memorial Park to remember those lost in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
It was the 11th anniversary of that fateful day, also on a Tuesday, and the similarities were not lost on the featured speaker of the evening. Eleven years ago, terror struck the nation on a brisk, cloudless day. The weather was eerily similar last week.
“Anyone who was alive at the time will remember it was a beautiful day, an endless blue sky,” said Legislator Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park). “And ever since, any time of day like this after a long summer just brings back so many memories of that terrible day.”
They came together in the spirit of Mineola: members of the Mineola Fire Department, the Mineola Volunteer Ambulance Corp, Boy Scout Troop 45, local war veterans and residents young and old.
It’s the younger set that state Senator Jack Martins is concerned about, their being able to understand the significance of 9/11. He has pushed for legislation that would make 9/11 part of the core curriculum taught in schools, right there in history books alongside all of the other seminal events in our nation’s history.
“We do have children who are growing up in a post-9/11 world that don’t necessarily have an understanding of the importance of those events... a lot of the events that have happened [in our world] since 9/11 relate back to the events of that day,” Martins said.
While the thousands of victims of 9/11 were in people’s hearts and minds, so too were those left behind; spouses, children, coworkers and friends still mourning those they lost.
Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss was a 9/11 first responder who retired in 2004 as a detective with a distinguished 20-year career in the New York City Police Department.
“The true heroes are yet to be made, and those are the kids who were left behind,” said Strauss. “They still had to get up the next morning, go to work and back to school... and they’ve had to do it under the most trying of circumstances, we can’t ever forget those people.”
And that was the message that united all in attendance at Memorial Park, all those who stood silent as “taps” was played, and members of the American Legion laid the ceremonial wreath at the 9/11 monument: Never forget.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
If Terence Hale thought he could save the Mineola School District or himself from trouble and expense, he was sorely mistaken.
Irene Parrino isn’t going anywhere.
A month ago, Parrino—an attorney who has served as a trustee alongside Vice President Hale since 2010 but was unseated in the most recent election—filed a petition with the state Department of Education demanding Hale’s removal. That entails a hearing process in Albany that would chew up district resources.
Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00
Mineola doesn’t fancy itself as a San Francisco treat, but if the $360 million Nassau Hub plan comes to fruition, residents could see a trolly-style-like tram rolling down East Second Street. Funding for the trolley would likely be funded by the federal government, according to village officials.
Nassau County spent a $5.1 million federal grant on the county/Federal Transit Authority-led feasibility study analyzing the practical nature of a transportation service through Mineola, as part of the Nassau Hub plan. One end of the plan would be the Mineola Train Station, with the Hempstead Bus and Rail Station being the other.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Brianna O’Brien’s tie-breaking goal with a minute remaining propelled the GU14 Mineola Mustangs to a thrilling 3-2 win over a skillful Syosset team on June 1. With the score knotted at two, Mineola’s Natalia Cotto raced to a loose ball ahead of the Syosset goalkeeper and poked the ball loose to the onrushing O’Brien, who calmly drove the ball into the goal.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Albertson’s Gabrielle Schreib will be wrapping up her record breaking Kellenberg Memorial High School Spring Track season this month running in the NYS High School State Championship in Middletown, NY and the New Balance High School Nationals in Greensboro, NC. She attended Mineola Schools until 2012.